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16 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I March 2009
Kuala Lumpur to host
fourth World Halal Forum
Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, forefront of a challenging industry. and aspirations of the IHI Alliance. I
will host the fourth World Halal Forum It has grown from 463 delegates understand that the Organization of
(WHF) from on May 18 and 19 this from 27 countries in 2006, to 980 the Islamic Conference (OIC), through
year. The fourth World Halal Forum delegates from 40 countries in 2007, the Islamic Chamber of Commerce
with the theme of “Achieving Global making it the most important event and Industry (ICCI), is also committed
Halal Integrity,” will be the biggest yet, in the Halal industry calendar. The towards making IHI Alliance a strong,
due to the impact and importance of third World Halal Forum in 2008 credible and respected global Halal
the Global Halal Standard, as well as raised the bar once again and drew authority.” Following the resolution
the expansion of the forum’s format. together over 1,200 delegates from passed at WHF 2008, IHI Alliance has
WHF 2009 will be the largest forum of industries, governments, research started the first series of Technical
its kind to be held in Malaysia and in the organizations, universities and Committee meetings to develop
whole of South East Asia, expecting consumer associations under one roof modules for the Global Halal Standard,
increased participation from the Middle to discuss the major issues affecting which will be presented to the OIC
East because of WHF Chairman the Halal industry. At the close of the Standards Committee in Jeddah, in
Sheikh Saleh Kamel’s significant two eventful days, a resolution was March 2009 for endorsement.
influence in the region. WHF 2009 arrived at, for the International Halal Once endorsed, it will then be
also anticipates large delegations Integrity Alliance (IHI Alliance), to released for public comment at the
from South East Asia, Australia, New develop and present the International fourth WHF in May 2009. WHF 2009
Zealand, as well as non-traditional Halal Standard – a single standard is the perfect avenue with expanding
countries such as Brazil and Uruguay. to unify the fragmented industry and opportunities for market leaders,
Russia and the CIS (Commonwealth ensure global Halal integrity. industry experts, academicians,
and Independent States) countries IHI Alliance’s goals were also and Islamic scholars to gather
have also shown interest in WHF and endorsed by the Malaysian Prime and comment on the Global Halal
the Halal industry. Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. In Standard, as well as gain insights
Since its inception in 2006, the his keynote address at WHF 2008, on potential implications on Halal
World Halal Forum has grown from Abdullah said, “My government integrity, business and trade, and
strength to strength, always at the has formally endorsed the function science.
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